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Deadline: May 14, 2014

Purpose: The Errol Hill Award is given in recognition of outstanding scholarship in African American theater, drama, and/or performance studies, as demonstrated in the form of a published book-length project (monograph or essay collection) or scholarly article. The book or article must have been published during the previous calendar year (2013 for the 2014 award), and deal with African American theater history, dramatic literature, or performance studies (research on dance, acting and directing, public performances, i.e., parades, pageants, etc.).

Eligibility: The book or article must have been published in the previous calendar year, but all scholars are eligible - whether or not they are affiliated with a university or tenured. Authors wishing to be nominated are encouraged to contact their publishers or editors, but their direct entries will be accepted as long as the submission guidelines are followed.

Nomination: Nominations can come from the author of the work to be considered, any member of ASTR, the editor of a journal in which an essay has appeared, or a book publisher. (Essay nominations are limited in that authors can nominate only one, and journal editors can nominate one essay per volume.) Authors, publishers, and journal editors are invited to send one copy of each book or essay that they want considered to each member of the Errol Hill Award committee. Electronic submissions will be accepted for published essays, not books, but only if sent as a .pdf attachment. All submissions, whether hard copy or digital, should be directed to each of the three committee members:

  • Harry J. Elam, Jr.; Stanford University; 590 Escondido Mal; Sweet Hall, Room 432; Stanford, CA 94305-3082;
  • Patricia Herrera; University of Richmond; Modlin Center for the Arts; 28 Westhampton Way; Richmond, VA 23713;
  • Brandi Wilkins Catanese; Department of African American Studies; Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies; UC Berkeley; 101 Dwinelle Annex; Berkeley, CA 94720-2560;

Please direct questions about the 2014 competition to Harry Elam (Chair) at with copy to

Evaluation: The winning book or essay will be judged based on

  1. originality within the broad field of African American theater and performance;
  2. critical rigor;
  3. demonstrated expertise with related research in African American theater and performance; and
  4. potential for encouraging future scholarship that will strengthen the field.

Notification: The winner will be notified by September 1, 2014.

Past Winners

2014: Kathleen Gough, Kinship and Performance in the Black and Green Atlantic (Routledge)

2014 Honorable Mentions:
E. Patrick Johnson & Ramon Rivera-Servera, Solo/black/woman: scripts, interviews and essays (Northwestern UP)

Macelle Mahala, Penumbra: The Premier State for African American Drama (U of Minnesota P)

2013: Diana Rebekkah Paulin, Imperfect Unions: Staging Miscegenation in US Drama and Fiction (U of Minnesota P)

2012: Bernth Lindfors, Ira Aldridge: The Early Years 1807-1833 (U of Rochester P)

2012 Honorable Mention: Brandi Catanese, The Problem of the Color[blind] (U of Michigan P)

2011: Harvey Young, Embodying Black Experience: Stillness, Critical Memory, and the Black Body (U of Michigan P)

2010: Tavia Nyong'o, The Amalgamation Waltz: Race, Performance, and the Ruses of Memory (U of Minnesota P)

2009: Jayna Brown, Babylon Girls: Black Women Performers and the Shaping of the Modern (Duke UP)

2008: Cedric Robinson, Forgeries of Memory and Meaning: Blacks and the Regimes of Race in American Theatre and Film before World War II (U of North Carolina P)

2007: Daphne Brooks, Bodies in Dissent: Performing Race, Gender, and Nation in the Trans-Atlantic Imaginary (Duke UP)

2006: Jill Lane, Blackface Cuba, 1840 - 1895 (Penn)

2005: Harry Elam, The Past as Present in the Drama of August Wilson (U of Michigan P)

2004: James Hatch and Errol Hill, A History of African American Theatre (Cambridge UP)

2003: Thomas DeFrantz, Dancing Many Drums

2002: David Krasner and Harry Elam, Jr., Eds., African-American Performance and Theater History: A Critical Reader

2001: Kimberly W. Benston, Performing Blackness: Enactments of African-American Modernism

2000: George A. Thompson, Jr., A Documentary History of African Theatre

1999: Jill Lane, "Blackface Nationalism, Cuba 1840-1868." Theatre Journal 50, no. 1 (March 1998).

1998: David Krasner, Resistance, Parody, and Double Consciousness in African American Theatre, 1895-1910

1997: Annemarie Bean, James V. Hatch, and Brooks McNamara, Eds., Inside the Minstrel Mask: Readings in Nineteenth Century Blackface Minstrelsy

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